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Valpo Parks Foundation Honors the Malastos

The Valparaiso Parks Foundation presented their first ever “Legends Award” during the annual Sunday in the Park event Sunday, September 27.  The inaugural Legends Award is bestowed on two deserving individuals who have given of themselves to make a significant difference in the Valparaiso parks. This first-time honor goes to Art & Irene Malasto, who have been part of the Parks Foundation in multiple capacities since 1991.

The Legends Award signifies the Malastos’ commitment to the Parks Foundation’s...

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Guess Who Came to Sports Sunday in the Park

Can you guess who are the two great sports stand-outs from Valparaiso High School, now attending Purdue and Notre Dame, who met and greeted visitors for an autograph session last Sunday?  

Hosted by the Valparaiso Parks and Recreation  Foundation at the Old Fairgrounds Park, SPORTS SUNDAY IN THE PARK was Sunday, Sept. 27thRead more

A Magic Carpet Ride for the Salvation Army



As part of the United Way’s Day of Caring, Tudor Carpet One (aka Tudor Floors) of Valparaiso has given a wonderful gift to The Salvation Army.  They donated beautiful brand new carpeting for the front offices and reception area to The Salvation Army of Porter County in South Haven.  The officers, employees, corps members, and volunteers wish to send a heartfelt thank you to Tudor Floors for their kindness and generosity.  

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OE Marathon Team Sets Records While Changing Lives

During the past 10 years, 2,000 runners have raised more than $1 million for individuals with disabilities through the Opportunity Enterprises Marathon Team.

And this year is proving to be the most successful ever for the annual fundraising initiative.

A record-breaking 475 runners are a part of the 2009 OE Marathon Team, which has raised $182,000 so far and is well on the way to accomplishing the $200,000 goal that was set before the running season...

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Ivy Tech Community College Chancellor Hosts Annual Fundraiser

It's that time of year again! The Eighth Annual Chancellor's Scholarship Dinner will be held at Avalon Manor, 3550 East U.S. Highway 30 in Merrillville, on October 1, 2009. The dinner will recognize the eight winners of the 2009 Chancellor's Scholarship. Two winners were selected from each of the four campuses in the Northwest region. They are:

  • Tuyen Biagi (Nursing) and
  • Jennifer Znika (Business Administration) from the Valparaiso campus;
  • Dawn Conner...

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Ivy Tech Wii Bowled for a Cause

Ivy Tech faculty, staff and students gathered in the Gary campus student lounge on September 18 to cheer on the top four Wii bowlers from the Gary, Valparaiso, Michigan City and East Chicago campuses at the 1st Annual Wii bowling fundraising championship tournament.

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Monsignor John Charlebois- A Life of Service

Written by Jane Scupham, principal

Monsignor Charlebois was the pastor of Saint Paul Catholic Church from September 1966-July 1998. In his 32 years as pastor, Monsignor accomplished many tasks that helped to build the Catholic community of Valparaiso and Porter County. He took over the shepherding needed for the completion of the building of the new church facility, our present day church buliding, when the former pastor became ill.

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Dance Evolution! Young Peoples' Concert 2009

Last Thursday and Friday, September 24 and 25, the Valparaiso High School "A" Band, under the direction of Daniel Pritchett and Miguel Rosario-Vega, performed a concert for the Valparaiso elementary schools, grades 3-5. This concert was designed to educate the elementary students on how music and dance work together, as well as excite them about music. The concert explored a variety of music from several different countries, and featured dancers from Dance Unlimited. The pieces performed, as well as background information on each, are as follows:

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Unity in Diversity 2009: Holding Hands to Take Our Stand

The residents of Valparaiso are going to take their stand for unity in diversity on Monday, November 2, 2009 at the Hands Around the Square Unity in Diversity Vigil.  Hands Around the Square will be a peaceful candlelight vigil that will take place between 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in front of the Porter County Courthouse square downtown.  Founded upon a vision of citywide unity, and the theme, "Holding Hands to Take our Stand", residents in our city and surrounding cities who support unity in diversity will do just that.  We're going to show the world what the people of Valparaiso, IN are really made of--peace, love, harmony, and unity in our diversity.

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The Movement to End Alzheimer’s Disease: Memory Walk 2009 Recap

We are on the MOVE to end Alzheimer’s disease!

Little Bishop Cappetto carried a sign for his grandmother and their team: Team Highland Support Group.

Thank you to those from Valparaiso for being a part of the movement to end Alzheimer’s as participants in the 2009 Alzheimer’s...

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Where Does All That Good Stuff Come From?

I often get the question from folks that I meet around town where does all that great positive content that you guys provide come from?  I tell them it comes from a small team of incredibly hard working people here at, and the active participation of so many people in the community that have good news to share.  I thought you would enjoy taking a quick look at the incredible breadth and depth of the contributors authors to, and my guess is you will see a few firms, churches, schools, teams, community organizations, or other groups of people that have something good to share with the community, that it might get you thinking about how you could get involved.  If you are...

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